One of our favorite ways to take in the lush jungle valleys, soaring mountain peaks, and rugged sea cliffs of the Garden Island of Kaua‘i is from the sea. Whether chasing the waterfalls of the majestic northern coastline or searching for whales on the sunny southern shores, a sunset cruise in the gentle blue waters of the Pacific Ocean is one of the most romantic escapes anywhere in the world. Thanks to an incredible selection of friendly, licensed tour operators of the Kauai sunset cruise, you can choose from party boats, sightseeing cruises, or elegant 3-course dinners aboard modern luxury catamarans, all back dropped by a priceless Kaua‘i sunset.
Captain Andy of the Kauai Sunset Dinner Cruise
Offering fun and adventure on the high seas since 1980, Captain Andy’s embodies the sunset cruise experience on Kaua‘i and feature two different Kauai sunset cruise options. The Classic Na Pali Sunset Dinner Sail is a 4-hour downwind cruise along the breathtaking cliffs of the Na Pali Coast (departs daily, except Thursday, from Port Allen). Watch the dazzling transformation as their vibrant hues of red, green, yellow, and brown shift to fiery ochres and oranges beneath the setting sun, and then tuck into a delicious multi-course meal with delicious cocktails aboard a 55’ Gold Coast catamaran. Along the way you are sure to see flying fish, green sea turtles, and whales and dolphins during the winter months. Another fun excursion is the Poipu Sunset Sail, a festive 2-hour Kauai sunset dinner cruise with live Hawaiian music, a dazzling sunset over Maha`ulepu, and pupus (appetizers), refreshments, and infamous “sneaky tiki” drinks and cocktails. Departs Thursdays only, from Kukuiula Harbor. Several other vendors offer similar tours including Holo Holo Charters and Blue Dolphin Kaua‘i, and you cannot go wrong with any of them.
A Sunset Snorkel
If you are craving more adventure with your sunset sail, check out one of the more active sunset cruises like Discover Hawai‘i’s Na Pali Snorkel and Sunset Dinner Cruise. Your trip begins with a cruise along the beautiful sand dunes of Kaua‘i’s western shore, which quickly give way to the rugged cliffs and waterfalls of the Na Pali Coast. Your tour will moor in a secret snorkel spot (gear is provided) and you can explore pristine reefs teeming with tropical fish and lounging sea turtles. Back aboard the boat, rinse off and enjoy refreshments and cocktails before a delicious hot dinner buffet while the sun slips below the horizon past the “forbidden” island of Ni‘ihau.
With plenty of Kauai sunset cruise options available, you are sure to find the perfect adventure.